Private luxury tours in Japan

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Luxury Japan Tours

Essence of Japan
(8 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto

Best of Japan
(15 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto & environs

Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
(8 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

Treasures of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kurashiki, Miyajima & Hiroshima, Kyoto

Exclusive Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

Family Tour of Japan
(9 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone & Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Miyajima

Japan Old & New
(10 Days)
Tokyo, Naoshima, Kyoto

Kyoto in Depth
(6 Days)
Kyoto & environs

Traditions of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

Contemporary Art of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto

Culinary Tour of Japan
(7 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

Gardens & Crafts of Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Kanazawa

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Mashiko, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Hagi, Kurashiki, Imbe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen

Hiking Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & Kamikochi, Kyoto, Hakone & Mt. Fuji

Journey Through Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Yufuin & Beppu

Multi-Country Tours

Best of Japan & China
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Luxuries of Japan & Thailand
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Three Capitals: Tokyo, Seoul & Beijing
(11 days)
Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing & Great Wall

Best of Japan

(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto & environs

This is the ultimate private luxury tour of Japan—a leisurely and in-depth journey that visits Japan’s most important and most fascinating locations, including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima, and Kanazawa. Enjoy private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, first-class train travel, luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique activities that engage you in real Japanese culture. 

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. During touring with your own private guide and driver, visit Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Experience Japanese pop culture and also tour important historical sites such as the Meiji Shrine. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums, such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum. Also experience Tokyo’s exciting culinary scene by visiting Tsukiji Fish Market, the Kappabashi kitchenware district, and our favorite specialty shops and department store food halls. Upon request, additional experiences can be arranged such as watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, meetings with culinary and sake experts, private martial arts lessons, seeing a Japanese baseball game, visiting favorite family attractions such as the Ghibli Museum, and attending local festivals. Artisans of Leisure can also make reservations at our favorite restaurants in Tokyo, which range from local noodle shops to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone, a volcanic national park renowned for hot springs and views of nearby Mount Fuji. Stay at one of Japan’s most luxurious and renowned ryokan, where you can soak in your own private outdoor hot spring bath and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. During private touring, explore Hakone’s geothermal areas, forested mountains and historical sites. Perhaps also visit one of Hakone’s best art museums.

Continue to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. With your expert local guide, tour former samurai and geisha neighborhoods. Explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Tour fascinating Myoryuji (the Ninja Temple), and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Visit a pottery kiln and shops specializing in Kanazawa’s celebrated silk, lacquer and gold-leaf products. Also tour the city’s enormous central food market, and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. 

Next, travel to enchanting Kyoto, Japan’s heart of culture and tradition. During touring with your private guide and driver, experience the best of this elegant city. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu, Shugakuin and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Visit markets and food purveyors to sample Kyoto’s culinary specialties, considered the most refined in Japan. Explore antiques districts, and browse our favorite shops for exquisite ceramics, lacquerware and other crafts. One day, enjoy a private excursion to the I. M. Pei-designed Miho Museum or to ancient Nara, the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. Another day, take an excursion to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park Memorial and the nearby island of Miyajima, famous for the iconic Floating Torii.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko, private Zen meditation in a local temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house), hiking to temples in the hills surrounding the city, and private Japanese cooking classes.

Return to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, touring, dining, and free time to enjoy the city.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour

Day 3 Tokyo

Half-day private tour

Day 4 Tokyo - Hakone

Private transfer to Hakone for overnight at luxury ryokan. Private tour on arrival

Day 5 Hakone – Kanazawa

Private transfer to train station for trains to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 6 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto

Private transfer to train station and first-class train to Kyoto. Private tour on arrival and transfer to hotel for 6 nights

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private tour, including lunch at a temple

Day 9 Kyoto

Full-day private tour

 

Day 10 Kyoto

Full-day private tour or private excursion to the Miho Museum or Nara

Day 11 Kyoto

Full-day private excursion to Hiroshima and Miyajima

Day 12 Kyoto

Full-day private touring and special interest activities in Kyoto

Day 13 Kyoto - Tokyo

Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 14 Tokyo

Half-day of flexible city touring or shopping

Day 15 Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo: The Peninsula Tokyo
Hakone: Gora Kadan
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Kyoto: Ritz Carlton Kyoto or Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Cost
$28,175 Per person (double occupancy)